COUNTY TO HAND-SPRAY LEMON GROVE NEIGHBORHOOD DUE TO ZIKA

DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN EL CAJON: TEAR GAS DEPLOYED AS PROTEST TURNS VIOLENT

OFFICER INVOLVED IN EL CAJON SHOOTING HAD BEEN DEMOTED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

EL CAJON’S WILD WEEK: OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING, NUDITY BAN, PROTESTS AND PARKWAY PLAZA CLOSURE

JOURNALISM FORUM FEATURES EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES OCT. 5 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES SHARE DIVERSE VIEWS FOR CITY’S FUTURE

LOCAL TRIBES SEND CARAVANS TO AID STANDING ROCK SIOUX OPPOSED TO DAKOTA PIPELINE

MAN AT EL CAJON PROTESTS ATTACKED FOR TAUNTING PROTESTERS, WEARING TRUMP HAT

PROTESTS ERUPT IN EL CAJON; BLACK MAN SHOT BY POLICE DIES

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY MURDER CASE

SANTEE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 13

BEST EAST COUNTY VIDEOS: VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION IN EL CAJON

 

 

November 15, 2014 (El Cajon)--Rob Tade at the El Cajon American Legion post sent in this video by David Miyashiro, CVUSD Superintendent, of  El Cajon’s 2014  Veterans Day commemoration held earlier this week to honor our nation's veterans.

STATE WANTS TO SEND PREDATOR SNAVELY BACK TO JACUMBA; DEC. 19 HEARING SET

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)—The state has changed its proposed plan to place sexually violent predator Gary Snavely in Borrego Springs and now instead proposes places him in Jacumba Hot Springs at 45612 Old Highway 80.  A hearing is set for December 19 at 9 a.m. in Department 2 of San Diego Superior Court downtown.

OCOTILLO RESIDENTS SAY WIND TURBINE NOISE CREATES “LIVING HELL”

 

“It's a horror beyond words; something you have to live to understand. Something must be done to stop the noise.” – Ocotillo resident Parke Ewing

November 14, 2014 (Ocotillo) – Residents in Ocotillo say that during windy conditions in early November, noise from wind turbines is making their lives unbearable.   

Jim Pelley captured the loud noise on videotape, juxtaposed with footage of Pattern Energy’s Glenn Hodges selling the project to supervisors in Imperial Valley by claiming that noise would not be an issue due to setbacks.  “The project was sold on the understanding to be five miles from the community of Ocotillo,” Pelley wrote on a Youtube post. “We have turbines as close as 1/2 mile, we are now forced to live with the horrible noise of 112 turbines when the wind blows.”

His neighbor, Parke Ewing, says his complaints to Imperial County and Bureau of Land Management officials, as well as Pattern Energy, have fallen on deaf ears, with no meaningful responses.

READER'S EDITORIAL: FERGUSON-RELIVING OR REVERSING A VIOLENT SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESY?

 

by David  Ragland with Wayne Adams, Mahdis Azarmandi and Mark Lance

Photo by Jamelle Bouie, Creative Commons on FlickR

November 14, 2014 (Ferguson MO) -- It’s been over 100 days since Darren Wilson killed unarmed young African American Michael Brown and the world is watching and waiting to hear the forgone conclusion of white officer Wilson’s non-indictment. Many expect a violent reaction from an angry community when there is no indictment.

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED ON DRAFT DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN

 

November 14, 2014 (Sacramento)--In response to public requests, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will extend the public comment period for the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for 45 days.  The comment period, originally scheduled to close on January 9, 2015, will be extended through February 23, 2015.

FIREFIGHTERS FLIP FOR MAKE A WISH: PANCAKE BREAKFAST DEC. 6

 

November 15, 2014 (Santee) – Santee Firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies will host their 16th annual Santee Fire Pancake Breakfast at 9130 Carlton Oaks Drive in Santee on December 6th from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation, which fulfills wishes for terminally ill children.

ELDERLY PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2014 (El Cajon)—An 87-year-old man died at a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle in the 600 block of El Cajon last night shortly before 5:30 p.m.  Witnesses told police that the man walked into the roadway from the center media, following two family members. He was wearing dark clothing and appeared unaware of the vehicle traffic.

COURT RULING ON CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS IGNITES CONTROVERSY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2014 (San Diego)—The U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 decision, ruled this week that California’s attorney general and gun control groups cannot appeal a decision that granted broader concealed gun carry rights in a San Diego case.

WARNING: DRIVER IMPERSONATING EMERGENCY VEHICLE IN DEERHORN VALLEY/JAMUL AREA

 

November 13, 2014 (Deerhorn Valley) – A vehicle with flashing blue and white lights and religious stickers has reportedly been impersonating an emergency vehicle on East County roadways.

COLORFUL DISPLAYS HONOR RITA HAYWORTH, DAUGHTER OF IMMIGRANTS, IN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION AT NEW AMERICANS MUSEUM

 

By Ariele Johannson

November 15, 2014 (San Diego)--The galleries at New Americans Museum on Saturday, November 1, 2014 were filled with visitors who came to celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, and to learn about this Mexican holiday. The New Americans Museum created an altar installation for dancer and film star Rita Hayworth. The altar was constructed by the museum staff and a group of 18 immigrant students under the guidance of Professor Jose Flores from the University Atonoma de Baja, California where he teaches the origins, analysis, symbolism, and history of Dia de los Muertos. See attached.

KPBS AND UNION BANK HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HEROES

 

 

Photos: Roy Cook (left) and Dr. Daniel Calac (right)

 

 

 

 

East County News Service

November 13, 2013 (San Diego)--KPBS and Union Bank  are honoring two inspiring individuals in honor of American Indian Heritage Month through their Local Heroes program, which pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. 

The 2014 honorees for American Indian Heritage Month are Dr. Daniel Calac and Roy Cook.

ASK THE EXPERTS: NOV. 15 AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

East County News Service

Drought got you down? Need garden tips, conservation insights and ideas for drought-resistant plants to make your fall landscape more beautiful with less water?

Get help at Ask the Experts, an event set for Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon. Presentations and exhibits include a home compost workshop, toss the turf class, life after lawns, horticultural displays, how to hire a landscape contractor and save money, ask the designers, personalized landscape design consultations, free garden tours, and shopping for water-saving plants.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BUTTERFIELD RANCH RESORT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 13, 2014(Borrego Springs) -- You just never know what you'll see along the highways in East County. Our editor snapped these images at Butterfield Ranch Resort, an RV park and horse camp named for the historic stage coach line that once ran through the area.

The roadside stop has an eclectic collection of statues featuring Western wildlife, as well as an old horse and buggy and other Western memorability, a store and more.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

November 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE AT THE RNB LOUNGE IN EL CAJON

 

November 12, 2014 (El Cajon) – The RnB Lounge at El Cajon Grand, 351 West Main Street, El Cajon, bills itself as a “party celebrating love.”   DJ Jam and DJ Artistic invite you out to The Grand in El Cajon every Wednesday night to party for a purpose. Each week you are invited to dance and enjoy live R&B, Sexy Hip Hop, Reggae and Spoken Word performances.

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 22-23

 

 

East County News Service

One of the most unusual holiday season traditions in East County is coming up: the fourth annual Pomegranate Days celebration at Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 from noon to 5 p.m.  Festivities include camel rides, bird and camel shows, shopping for holiday gifts and feeding pomegranates to the camels.

CHALDEAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR UNITY IN COMMUNITY AT ANNUAL AWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos, (ltop left to lower right):  Noori Barka and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Wadi Deddeh and Congressman Susan Davis, Father Noel and Congressman Juan Vargas, Lion of Babylon/Citizen of the Year presentation to Pastor Harold Brown (third from right)

 

 

November 13, 2014 (El Cajon ) – With a theme of “together, we can build a better community,” the Chaldean American Association convened at the Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon on October 30th for the organization’s annual awards banquet. 

CPUC MAY REVOKE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF SMART METERS

 

East County News Service

November 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is weighing options that could make it more expensive to opt out of having a smart meter or even allow your right to remove a smart meter to be taken away in the future, under an interim proposed plan, warns the Center for Electrosmog Prevention. The group is an official intervenor in the current CPUC proceding on smart mater opt outs and recently   filed a formal response to a proposal that CEP founder Susan Brinchman of La Mesa calls “noxious.”

WATER RUSTLING ON THE RISE IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN CALIFORNIA

 

Fire stations, schools, and public waterways among those targeted by thieves

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Water rustling is on the rise across California amid the worst drought ever recorded.  A thriving black market for purloined water has arisen, leaving authorities scrambling to catch thieves and lawmakers looking to stiffen penalties for stealing water.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

November 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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WHEN ALL THE ODDS SAY THERE IS NO CHANCE, HOPE REIGNS TRUE!

 

The Healing Shower, by Eloise Laws (Knowledge Power Books, Valencia, California, 2012, 131 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

When all the odds say there’s no chance,

Amidst the final dance,

I’ll be your comfort through your pain

I’ll be your shelter in the rain.

  • Stevie Wonder

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, political           activist and philanthropist.

November 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Eloise Laws, an award-winning vocalist, Tony-nominated actress, author, and breast cancer survivor – in her debut book The Healing Shower, shares her personal journey, surviving the “ups and downs’ of breast cancer. Inspired by the outpouring of love and support she received from family and friends, prompted her to write this thought provoking and deeply moving book. In this thoughtful and well-written book are all the tools one who is suffering from a life-threatening illness will need as a guide when considering a “Healing Shower” before or possibly returning home from surgery. As East County’s Jamie Reno attested to in his book Hope Begins in the Dark, which this writer also had the honor of writing a review of in the East County Magazine, cancer can be a never ending battle. San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald is also fighting this debilitating disease of cancer.

READER’S EDITORIAL: TRAILBLAZING EFFORT NEEDED ON SAN DIEGO CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

 

 

 

Photo from San Diego's Changing Climate: A Regional Wake-Up Call

By Jeffrey Meyer, Poway, SanDiego350 volunteer

November 13, 2014 (San Diego)--With the recent release of a new United Nations report on the global impact of climate change, we are given still another chilling warning that we are facing catastrophe unless we accelerate efforts to confront this crisis. The release of this report comes on the heels of a court decision rejecting the San Diego County climate action plan and the ongoing development of this state-mandated plan by the City of San Diego.  It raises the stakes for everyone and compels us to reach higher and dig deeper for community solutions to this crisis. 

AFTER 35 YEARS, "ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BRITISH" CLOSES IN LA MESA'S VILLAGE AREA

 

By Jake Christie

 

November 11, 2014 (La Mesa)--No grand statement was made; no final red tag sale was held. The All Things Bright and British shop at 8401 La Mesa Boulevard  just faded away during the first fortnight of October, due to an unforgiving new landlord and general exhaustion by store owner Bill Jaynes, who has run the store since 2009.

RAMONA ART GUILD PRESENTS PLEIN AIRE WORKSHOP WITH CHUCK MCPHERSON NOV. 29

 

East County News Service

November 13, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Art Guild invites you to come out and enjoy a day of painting with the master of intuitive painting, Chuck McPherson on Saturday, November 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stone Meadows (Carol Levin’s ranch).

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: NOV. 13-23

 

East Count News Service

November 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a barbecue and beer-tasting event, a star party, a health faire, a brass quintet concert, the musical Mulan, and a holiday open house!  Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, such as Woodstock the Musical, Pomegranate Days at a camel farm, live music in Lemon Grove, a World of Bats program for nature-lovers, the Mother Goose Parade, and for working up an appetite for all that Thanksgiving Feasting, the Waddle and Trot 5 K run!

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

SDSU AGAIN AMONG BEST FOR VETS

 

SDSU is ranked No. 38 in the nation in Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 ranking.

November 11, 2014 (San Diego)-- Just in time for Veterans Day, Military Times has released their annual Best for Vets College rankings and San Diego State University is once again in the top 50.

IVANPAH, WORLD'S BIGGEST SOLAR PLANT, WANTS TAXPAYERS TO PAY OFF ITS DEBTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –Owners of Ivanpah, the world’s biggest concentrated solar energy facility, borrowed $1.6 billion from the federal government to build the project in the Mojave Desert. Now they are seeking a $539 million federal grant to pay off that debt.  In other words, they want taxpayers to pay off their loan that was also funded by U.S. taxpayers.

LAKESIDE CHAMBER HOSTS BUSINESS MIXER AND TOY DRIVE NOV. 20

 

November 11, 2014 (Lakeside) - The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will hold a business mixer and toy drive at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds (Highway 67 and Mapleview St., Lakeside) on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

EL CAJON TO HONOR VETS NOV. 12

 

 

November 12, 2014 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon will host an event honoring veterans on Wednesday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at El Cajon’s Centennial Plaza, 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon.

Commander Clark, representing the El Cajon Veterans’ Commission and American Legion Post, will be on hand, along with music performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego Color Guard and the Hillsdale Middle School Symphonic Band.

DEPT. OF INTERIOR OFFICIAL DATED ENERGY LOBBYIST, SOUGHT JOB WITH WIND INDUSTRY WHILE INVOLVED IN DECISIONS ON LOCAL ENERGY PROJECTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Viejas Chairman Anthony Pico met with Steve Black, a senior counselor to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, on February 28, 2012 and sent Black a letter  on March 5, 2012 asking him to visit Ocotillo to address tribal concerns over desecration of cultural resources  from the proposed Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility (which was since approved and built). Donna Tisdale, then with Protect Our Communities, has documents showing Black was also involved with federal approval of the controversial Tule Wind project, fielding requests from Iberdrola Renewables to help gain approval of the project in East County despite concerns about eagles.

Neither Pico nor Tisdale had any idea that Black was dating an energy company lobbyist at the time – or that he sought to gain a job as chief executive officer of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the wind industry's trade group, while still employed at the Department of the Interior.   But an investigation by the Department of Interior's Inspector General has raised these concerns and more.

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